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Directed by Negar Azarbeyjani

2011, in Farsi with English subtitles

Iran

102 minutes

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HOUSTON IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Facing Mirrors

Aynehaye Rooberoo

First-time filmmaker Nega Azabayjani explores trans-identity in contemporary Iran. Adineh, who chooses to live as Eddie, belongs to a wealthy family whose patriarch is both ashamed and humiliated by his daughter’s wish to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Although the operation is legal in Iran, Eddie wishes to have it performed in Germany and must escape her family’s clutches to fulfill that desire. Along the way, Eddie hires a female taxi driver—whose husband is in debtors’ prison—to drive as far as the border. The two find themselves in a friendship that focuses on each other’s liberation.

“It took 18 months to gain official permission and government financing . . . both director and producer are amazing women who have confronted their society by making such a controversial, powerful film.”
—www.slackerwood.com

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; The consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; the National Film Preservation Foundation; Franci and Jim Crane; James V. Derrick; Ms. Melanie Gray and Mr. Mark Wawro; and
Lynn S. Wyatt